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Papaya Agua Fresca

Yield Makes about 2 1/2 quarts
NOTES: Look for large, ripe Mexican papayas at produce or Latin markets (the skin turns orange as the fruit ripens). Don't worry about blemishes; often the ripest, sweetest Mexican papayas have bruises or dark spots on the skin.


  • 5 cups cubed ripe Mexican papaya (from about 3 lb. papaya; see notes)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup lime juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 76
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • protein 0.6 g
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 19 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • sodium 4.1 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a blender, whirl papaya, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 cup water until very smooth. Pour into a large pitcher (at least 3 qt.). Whisk in 1/3 cup lime juice, 7 cups water, and more sugar and lime juice to taste. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. Serve over ice.

  2. Nutritional analysis per cup.